Jackson: Browns have ‘moved on’ from Gordon
BEREA, OHIO >> The Browns have personal compassion for Josh Gordon. They’re done with him professionally.
A day after the troubled receiver said he’s entering rehab for an unspecified condition, Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said Friday the team intends to “move on” from Gordon.
“What we need to do is just close that chapter right now,” Jackson said. “He’s doing what he needs to do, and we need to do what we need to do, which is continue to move forward.”
One of the NFL’s most talented young players, Gordon, who has been suspended for 30 of the Browns past 35 games, announced Thursday that he’s stepping away from football to focus on getting his life together. The 25-year-old was scheduled to return from his latest four-game suspension next week and possibly play on Oct. 9 against New England.
However, Gordon has chosen to put his career on hold to work on an unidentified addiction.
Jackson, who said he talked to Gordon “several times” about his decision to enter rehab, grew tired of the questions about the former Pro Bowler. Jackson said his sole focus needs to be on taking care of “the players that are here and the players that are practicing and working.”
“What is best for our football team is that we move forward and move on,” Jackson said. “He is not going to be with us. We wish him well, but we are moving forward.”
Cowboys’ Bryant questionable to play
FRISCO, TEXAS >> Dez Bryant is questionable for Dallas’ game against San Francisco, and remorseful about going AWOL on the Cowboys early in the week over fear about his knee injury.
The 2014 All-Pro receiver didn’t practice all week after sustaining a hairline fracture in a bone in his right knee in last week’s win over Chicago. He was officially listed as questionable Friday.
Owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Friday that an X-ray the night of the game revealed the hairline fracture, and Bryant missed a follow-up MRI on Monday and team meetings Tuesday because he didn’t want to get some bad news.
“Just really didn’t want to know what the issue was,” Bryant said. “I wish I would have done a better job. Like we always do, learn from things and get better. Nobody lost any sleep. We’re moving on to San Fran trying to continue to keep progressing in the season.”
Bills place Watkins on IR
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. >> Buffalo receiver Sammy Watkins will miss at least eight weeks resting an injury to his surgically repaired left foot after the team placed him on the reserved-injured list.
The Bills announced the move on Friday afternoon, a few hours after coach Rex Ryan expressed “major concern” over the receiver missing significant time.
Watkins was already ruled out from playing at New England on Sunday, and missed last weekend’s game against Arizona. He’s been sidelined since a teammate stepped on his foot during a walk through session last week.
Redskins’ Norman fined $48,620 for hit vs. Giants
NEW YORK >> Washington cornerback Josh Norman was fined $48,620 by the NFLfor his unnecessary roughness foul on Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard last week.
Norman is a repeat offender who was fined more than $26,000 last season for his tussles with Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Last Sunday, Norman hit Shepard near the head and neck area.
Also from that game, Giants center Weston Richburg was docked $12,154 for his unsportsmanlike conduct after being ejected. New York safety Andrew Adams was fined $9,115 for hitting a Redskins player who was out of bounds during a punt.
San Francisco’s Eli Harold was fined $18,231 for his horse collar penalty that resulted in Seattle QB Russell Wilson’s sprained knee ligament.